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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/10/2011

Free and easy: Folklife, fries and iced tea


Artscape, Baltimore's annual arts festival, starts Friday. (Leslie Furlong)
Free this week: the Folklife Festival comes to a close, Et Voila! celebrates National French Fries Day and Annmarie Gardens serves iced tea for a tour of their butterfly gardens.

Monday

Last chance for Folklife

Learn how to add finesse to the spicy steps of tango or salsa, hear a discussion on the next 50 years from the point of view of the Peace Corps, and choose from a plethora of R&B performances at the last day of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Tuesday

The Frozen Sucker War

Popsicles and Good Humor bars no doubt stock many a freezer and ice cream truck this summer. But as the masses indulge in these refreshing treats, what they may not know is that the two companies had an all-out legal battle in the 1920s. Hear archivist Jefferson Moak’s history of the conflict, in conjunction with the National Archives exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

Wednesday

National French Fries Day at Et Voila!

Bastille Day is coming up on Thursday, but first, celebrate National French Fries Day at Et Voila!, where guests will score complementary orders of the savory snack. If you can’t make it, follow the restaurant on Twitter during the day to score a coupon for free frites to be used in the future.

Thursday

Butterfly Garden Iced Tea Tour

Sip chilled iced tea while the Calvert County Master Gardeners lead you on a tour of the recently expanded butterfly gardens at Annmarie Garden. They’ll point out plants that tend to attract the most butterflies and explain how each contributes something different to your garden.

Friday

Artscape

Hundreds of arts and crafts vendors take over 12 city blocks for Baltimore’s 30th annual free arts festival. Artscape spans three days and hosts continuous dance, music and theater performances, not to mention dozens of art exhibits, fashion shows and comedy. This year, concerts, karaoke and a costume contest celebrate 1982, the year the festival was founded. Stick around for the special effects finale at 9:50 p.m., featuring the top 10 songs of 1982 (“Eye of the Tiger,” anyone?).

Saturday

Washington Capitals Fan Fest

The Washington Capitals development camp culminates in a Fan Fest, featuring a full-fledged scrimmage between the Capitals players, autograph signings, an equipment sale and a free, open skate.

Sunday

Laughing Man

Nothing like a hot Sunday night for a little wailing, blues-inspired indie rock from local trio Laughing Man: The band plays a free show at the outdoor Baldacchino Gypsy Tent at Fort Fringe, which will feature beer specials (try the DC Brau) and grub all festival long.

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